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Lady – Slowly Expanding Her Comfort Zone

Lady continues to be happy spending her time in Yard 3, and even with Mara, Rana, and Bambi close to the barn for several days.

At one point, earlier in the week, the three were content in Yard 1, so we closed (and opened) a few different gates, giving Lady access to Yards 2 & 3.  Lady happily came into Yard 2 before realizing her “neighbors” were still nearby. She put her ears out and seemed a little surprised to see them. After hesitating, she came over to the barn and enjoyed a drink.

Lady quickly discovered that Rana hadn’t done her usual, thorough job of cleaning up after Mara. This encouraged her to stay close, as she was delighted to eat all the extra hay she discovered in Yard 2.  She spent some time in the vicinity of the three before heading towards the back of Yard 2.

Photo of Lady, with (left to right) Mara, Bambi, Rana

We are including a Mara update from this morning here (Saturday), as to not have to create an additional post while trying to keep you updated. 

Mara is doing ok, she ate well this morning, but is still very tired. She did lie down last night around 3 am and popped up on her own around 5:15. She does normally lie down to sleep; all of our girls do. The biggest concern still remains her strength.

Our US staff doesn’t work on the weekends, so no one will be responding to questions on the posts, so please don’t feel like anything is out of the ordinary. The scheduled posts for the weekend will continue to go up, so you can also stay connected with our other girls and what sanctuary life is all about. The joys with the struggles.

A couple of quick responses to comments from social media, since if one person is wondering, more usually are as well-

Mara doesn’t seem to be in pain, just deeply tired/low energy. Her gas has resolved, there is no posturing, but we continue a low dose of pain meds to make sure any pain she might be masking (as wild animals sometimes do) is addressed.

Her appetite isn’t an issue right now (although that could change), it is her strength that is the concern. Since her GI issues progressed 8 months ago, we have done food elimination, there is no one food, or family of food that has any impact. We’ve tried to deliver meds to her in every way you can think of, in every form, compounded with every flavor, she’s just impossible that way. And as you read, earlier this week, with her last medication, once she finds anything, then she stops eating that food altogether.

And the other two girls continue to be calm and are doing well. They do adore each other, and that makes a world of difference. Lady has come close to the barn a few times, and just quietly watched, then walked away. Maia was in 4 yesterday as well, not far from where Rana and Bambi were. She did not come over.

Thank you for all of your kind words, support, positive thoughts, and understanding through this process.

Comments(11)

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    Barb says

    Wouldn’t it be great someday to get Lady together with the girls for a group photo! She is making progress and that is a wonderful. We can be grateful for that.

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    Nannette Stone says

    Lady, you melt my heart. You are doing great, extra hay, well done for clearing it up.
    Mara, so pleased your slightly better, hope you continue to improve

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    Katie Howard says

    So glad to hear about Lady’s progress! All on her own time!
    Mara’s energy level is worrisome but I have every confidence that she’s getting the best possible care, lots of love and she is in the company of other elephants she loves. Life is measured in quality, not quantity. 🐘❤️🐘🐘❤️🐘🐘🐘❤️🐘🐘🐘🐘❤️🐘🐘🐘🐘🐘❤️…and 2 more, on the way! 🤗

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    John says

    It feels sometimes like these elephants are some of my best friends.

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    Sue says

    Love this photo, ty 😁 Lovely Lady, so brave and wonderful. I can’t begin to imagine what you have had to endure in your life and I am so grateful when I see a photo of your happy face. I look forward to hearing about all the progress and brave steps you take. Thank you for the updates. Hugs to all! ❤️🐘❤️

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    Bil says

    Mara is just showing her age. It just takes a bit longer to recover when you are are more than few years older than the rest of the girls.

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    Kelejan says

    I had to smile when I read the first words in my email notification; Lady is expanding . . . .
    So I had to hurry to see how bad the expansion was, like putting on belly fat, like me with these lock-downs.
    Thank you for keeping we worriers in touch and the assurance you give us makes us appreciate the carers as much as the elephants.

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    SHEILA says

    SO GREAT TO HEAR LIL 🐘 LADY HAS GOTTTEN MORE AND MORE COMFORTABLE WITH. EI G A LITTLE CLOSER TO THE OTHER LADIES! I SURE WISH AND PRAY SHE WILL GO TO FENCE AND TALK WITH THEM! THIS WOULD BE AMAZING AND LONG OVERDUE! MZ LADY! THE OTHER GALS LO❤️E YOU👍 SURE HOPING U WILL APPROACH THEM SOON👍🙏

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    JoAnn Merriman Eaton says

    So happy Mara’s gas issues are improved. Hopefully her strength will continue to get stronger each day. As we all know, age is a factor and elephants and humans do not recover quickly the older we are. ❤️🐘🙏🏻

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    FRANCINE FORD says

    Ms Ladybug taking her time getting to know everyone. Makes me wonder how horrible her life was before Sanctuary. No worries, sweetheart, take your time, this is Sanctuary & everyone
    who cares about you wants you to know there’s no rush.
    ❤🐘❤🐘❤🐘❤🐘❤

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    Sunny says

    Thanx for the update 💕

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